Benidorm bans mobility scooters from pavements and threatens to slap £430 fines on rule-breakers amid unruly tourist crackdown


MOBILITY scooters have been banned from the pavements of Benidorm with fines for drivers flouting the rules.

The local council in the popular Spanish resort brought in a fine of £426 for anyone going faster than 12mph on the battery powered vehicles.

Madge Harvey and her electric scooter in ‘Benidorm’

The penalty also applies to Segways, unicycles and hoverboards and the clamp down follows accidents in nearby Alicante.

Benidorm’s most famous mobility scooter user is Madge Harvey in the hit ITV series set in the Spanish resort.

Under the new laws, mobility scooters are also banned in bike lanes that are on pavements and also in parks, Spanish paper Informacion reported.

The clampdown was first mooted two years ago and the new regulations have been passed at the seventh attempt.

There will also be fines for people using scooters and Segways without a helmet and a reflective vest or a bell to warn pedestrians while the minimum age to use one will be 16.

Groups of ten Segways riding together have also been banned.

Local civic chiefs have also announced clampdown on raunchy t-shirts and souvenirs as part of a drive against “uncivic tourism”.

Officials this week seized 500 items which were deemed offensive in raids on five shops on Gerona Street and the Avenue of Europe.

The haul included lighters with images of naked women, sweets shaped like private parts and comedy breasts.

The resort is also clamping down on raunchy souvenirs
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